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Myokei Caine-Barrett

Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin, was the first American woman and the first person of African Japanese descent to receive full ordination as a Nichiren priest. Today, she is the bishop of the Nichiren Shu Buddhist Order of North America. Based in Houston, where she is the guiding teacher of Myoken-ji Temple, she also leads two prison sanghas and has been active in Healing Warrior Hearts (a program for veterans returning home) and The Gathering: Buddhist Teachers of Black African Descent.

Recent Articles

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How can we know what the Buddha would do?

Myokei Caine-Barrett, Dave Smith, and Lama Karma Yeshe Chödrön on knowing — or not knowing — what the Buddha would do.

Welcoming Faith

For Myokei Caine-Barrett, how we welcome the various parts of our traditions is a reflection of how we welcome others.

Nichiren Shonin: A Teacher of Equality

Based on letters Nichiren Shonin wrote to his female followers, Myokei Caine-Barrett explains why the thirteenth-century champion of the Lotus Sutra was a practical feminist.

How can a Buddhist strive to “save all beings” without inflating their ego?

Rebecca Li, Kakumyo Lowe-Charde, and Myokei Caine-Barrett answer the question "How can one practice for the sake of all beings without inflating their ego?"